8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Chicago



— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip maker app.

Chicago to Albuquerque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Albuquerque. While traveling from Chicago, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Cochiti Pueblo to see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, and shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe route website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in March, with highs in Santa Fe at 61°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip


— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then Head underground at Big Room. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail and then Head underground at King's Palace.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In March, Carlsbad is somewhat warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 74°F and lows of 41°F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.